Friday, November 4, 2011

Shorter afternoons predicted next week

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday

Express Staff Writer

If you live by a clock, brace yourself for a shock. The evening stars will start to twinkle an hour earlier than usual Sunday afternoon, marking a drastic turn towards winter.

For those of us only just getting used to the gradual shortening of days in autumn, the sudden shift will add insult to injury.

Alas, nature is once more subdued by government bureaucracy.

In accordance with a federal law that applies to any state that uses Daylight Saving Time, clocks across the country will be set back one hour Sunday morning, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m., bringing brighter mornings and shorter afternoons.

The good news is that it should be a little easier to get out of bed Monday morning because the sun will appear to be an hour ahead of itself in the sky.

Daylight Saving Time began in March when afternoons suddenly stretched as we set our clocks forward. Daylight Savings Time, otherwise known as "summer time," was first introduced as a concept in 1895.

The practice of changing clocks in the United States began after World War I to take advantage of longer days and save energy consumed by incandescent lights.

Only Hawaii and parts of Arizona do not conform to the time change. Indiana adopted the national standard only recently, in 2006.

Since 2007, Daylight Saving Time has been four weeks longer due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005, implemented to strengthen the electricity grid and further reduce energy consumption.

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